LGBTQ Snowy Engagement Session at Mount Hood - Olivia Louise

This snowy engagement session with Bonnie and Ang was the perfect way to celebrate their recent engagement! We hiked the snowy mountain trails on Mount Hood and shared lots of laughs during our time together. These two have the sweetest love story and I’m so excited to share that with you today!

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I seriously love this couple’s love story! Bonnie and Angela first met on New Year’s Eve. Each of them will tell you that they instantly knew that they had found their soulmate. Bonnie told me “I’d always had this vision of who my person was; how their presence would feel. When we met, her face came into focus, embodying everything I always envisioned. I knew the second I saw her face and that first hug!” Ang’s response was so similar and I knew that their first meeting must have been something special!

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The couple got engaged during a pride celebration in 2021 and it was Angela who popped the question. She proposed with a rose quartz ring that holds a lot of meaning for Bonnie.

Bonnie’s mother passed away from cancer when she was young and left Bonnie her wedding ring for when she got married. Bonnie’s parents today are not supportive of her relationship with Ang, which made getting the ring very difficult. Growing up, Bonnie never envisioned any other ring so knowing that she would not have the one her mother left for her was hard to accept.

Ang knew how much the ring meant to Bonnie and was very intentional that whichever ring she chose would not be meant to replace the one Bonnie’s mother left for her. After much thought and searching, she found the perfect one, and as Bonnie said, “it goes above and beyond in my eyes.”

The engagement ring has rose quartz which is known as the “stone of unconditional love.” Bonnie says, “The love my mother had for me was unconditional; just the same as the love Ang and I share and will show to our future children. I now carry that reminder of unconditional love with me every day and I could not be more thankful.”

Bonnie later gave Angela a black tungsten & deer antler ring that symbolizes Ang’s country roots.

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For their engagement session, we met up at Mount Hood and hiked the Government Camp to Enid Lake Loop. We planned their engagement photo session in January which mean the trail was completely covered in snow! I had so much fun laughing with Bonnie and Ang as we maneuvered post-holing in the snow and got our feet stuck in drifts that were deeper than we thought. Most of the people we passed on the trail were skiing or snowboarding which made sense with how deep the drifts were. Our takeaway for the day was to next time come prepared with hand warmers (and possibly snow shoes!)

This trail is one of my favorites in the Mt Hood National Forest Area. Since it is located on government land, you do need a special use permit to get photos taken here. For more permit information, check out the National Forest website here!

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This snowy engagement session with Bonnie and Ang was so much fun! I love meeting my couples and hearing their love stories and this time with Bonnie and Ang was no exception! I can’t wait for their elopement in Painted Hills, Oregon this fall!

For more information, or to book your own engagement session, head on over to my contact page. I can’t wait to dream up your next big adventure together!

  1. Bonnie North says:

    This was such a fun shoot Olivia! We loved our time with you and really appreciate you making us feel comfortable and seen in our journey. So thankful to have you at our elopement coming up!

  2. Ang Schraeder says:

    I appreciate how much Olivia wanted to get to know us. It wasn’t just a photo shoot, it was an amazing experience! Thank you, Olivia for making it so fun and comfortable! Excited to share more moments at our elopement!

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